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David and Namita Halder came to Australia in 1979 to study at the Bible College of Victoria and graduated in 1981.
God called us to join with the Language Recordings mission and bring challenge to Bangladesh where most people can not read or write. By God's will we joined Language Recordings (then it was Gospel Recordings) in May 1983.
After two years training in Sydney we returned to Bangladesh, where David pioneered the LRI ministry in early February 1985. The main task was recording and distribution. David and the team have recorded the gospel in 38 languages and dialects as well as distributed over 1000 hand operated cassette players and the Bible teaching flip charts with recorded commentaries.
Over the 18 years since LRI began, 7 national workers have also joined the team including two tribal evangelists working among their own people. One of the evangelists came to the Lord through recording the 8 LLL commentaries in his own (CHAK) language. It was a joy for me to see the evangelist Keny Chak bring the challenge of the Lord among his own tribe, where he was beaten up because many people came to the Lord by his powerful witness. LRI Australia has given some funds to Keny Chak in order to buy a piece of land for the Chak Church. Now we are praying for a church building for the Chak people.
HELP Children's Home
David also founded the HELP orphan/underprivileged children's home in Dhaka caring for 200 children. It provides food, shelter, health care and education for the children in a Christian environment. The main objective is teaching these children about the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. This program is taking the children off the streets and placing them in a loving caring Home.
"Charity began at home" as the HELP home began when David and Namita took 6 needy children into their home in the city of Dhaka while they were working with Language Recordings. The number of children increased to 25 within two months and it was expensive to rent bigger accommodation in the city. So the HELP Committee decided to move out from Dhaka to the nearest town called Savar which is 30 kilometers north west of Dhaka. David rented a four bedroom house with 2 additional rooms built later on, and we eventually accommodated up to 159 children until June 1995.
A generous Christian lady Mrs Anita Chowdhury from Bangladesh donated a big piece of land, which is 2.4 acres. Mr & Mrs Robert Deppe of Grand Rapids, USA provided a large donation to build a dormitory for 200 children. Within 9 months a three story building, home for 200 orphan and underprivileged children, was constructed and occupied in July 1995.
HELP Bangladesh presently runs a Children's home with a primary school, which is open for the local community. HELP also have a micro-credit program for women in the local area to help poor families with no land, along with a health centre with a full time doctor and nurse to provide health care for the children and the local community of eight thousand inhabitants. Now our 200 children are very happy to have their own home and school. We have 34 qualified staff to take care of 200 children 24 hours a day, along with the other programs mentioned.
Update on the boys, schooling etc.
Nathan has been doing 2nd year radiology at Cumberland campus of Sydney University. Mark has been doing Diploma course this year at Bedford Business College in Sydney. He will be looking for job next year and part time further study in University.
Vision for the future
The LRI/HELP ministry has expanded over the years. Many young and adult people came to the Lord through our ministry. We are planning to start a Vocational Training Centre from January 2003, and we'll also be taking another 100 children, which will make 300 hundred in total.
- Pray for David Halder as he travels back and fourth, monitoring the LRI/HELP work in Bangladesh for 3 months in the field and then one month in the head office at Sydney.
- Pray for God's guidance as David leads the team of 38 staff members of the LRI/HELP ministry in Bangladesh.
- Continue to pray for the needs of the Halder family here in Sydney, and the bigger family of 300 children in Bangladesh.